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Work and Recovery, by Emmett Hines — It's not what you do in the water that controls the efficacy of your workouts.

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Fitness Swimming 2

Now available!
Fitness Swimming, 2nd Edition
by Emmett Hines

More instruction, new cutting-edge drills and 60 fresh workouts.

Support H2O — order your copy (autographed if you like) right here!

Got a swimming buddy who needs a boost? This is the ideal gift!


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A note from Head Coach Emmett Hines:

Welcome to the H2Ouston Swims web site. We hope you find it useful.

You will note the addition of donation buttons in a number of places. Despite the volunteer efforts of our WebMaster, Sheila Baskett, it still costs a lot to keep a sizable web site in operation. Over the years we’ve received a small number of donations via convoluted channels. We have now decided to make it easy to donate.

Research indicates that, as with public radio/TV, only a tiny percentage of users will voluntarily support a website when donations are solicited. We love this tiny group! The vast majority, however, opt for freeloading. Don’t get me wrong, we love the freeloaders too…just not nearly as much as we love the supporters! 

So…if you find the site useful, enlightening or even just entertaining please consider clicking one of the donation buttons (also consider giving till it hurts – I have it on good authority that this is precisely what the originator of the phrase “No Pain, No Gain!” had in mind.) 

Please tell your swimming buddies to check us out and encourage them to support the site too!

Before I sign off, allow me to shamelessly plug my book, Fitness Swimming. If you find useful, or simply enjoyable, some of the stuff you encounter on this site, then consider taking advantage of our web-site-only offer for my book— you can have it autographed to boot!

We have an active Ask the Coach area in our discussion forum (which now supports instant registration). I encourage you to establish a forum account (instructions) and sign up for E-mail Notification of forum posts (instructions).

You can subscribe to our email distribution list so you’ll get immediate notification when we post new articles on this web site. You can also refer others to receive an invitation to visit the site and subscribe.

Come back often, donate occasionally and tell your swimming buddies about us!

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Currently, we are not running workouts.

Private instruction only for the time being.

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For more information about:
Masters Swimming, contact United States Masters Swimming
H2Ouston Swims, contact Emmett Hines.
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